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Murray Hill
Murray Hill station - September 2020.jpg
Murray Hill station as seen in September 2020.
Location Foley Plaza, between Floral Avenue and Southgate Road, Murray Hill, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°41′41″N 74°24′13″W / 40.69472°N 74.40361°W / 40.69472; -74.40361Coordinates: 40°41′41″N 74°24′13″W / 40.69472°N 74.40361°W / 40.69472; -74.40361
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 2
Connections NJT Bus NJT Bus: 986
Construction
Parking Yes
Architectural style Stick/Eastlake
Other information
Station code 703 (Delaware, Lackawanna and Western)
Fare zone 10
History
Opened January 29, 1872
Rebuilt 1889
Electrified January 6, 1931
Traffic
Passengers (2017) 572 (average weekday)
Services
Preceding station NJT logo.svg NJ Transit Following station
Berkeley Heights
toward Gladstone
Gladstone Branch New Providence
Former services
Preceding station Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad Following station
Berkeley Heights
toward Gladstone
Gladstone Branch New Providence
toward Hoboken
Murray Hill Station
Area 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
MPS Operating Passenger Railroad Stations TR
NRHP reference No. 84002826
Added to NRHP June 22, 1984

Murray Hill is a New Jersey Transit station along the Gladstone Branch of the Morris and Essex Lines in the Murray Hill section of New Providence, in Union County, New Jersey, United States. It is located on Foley Place, between Floral Avenue and Southgate Road.

History

Murray Hill Station
View of the station house.

The Queen Anne-style station house was built in 1890 by the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad. The identifying stylistic features of the station are the hipped roof with broadly-flared eaves which are supported by dramatic, oversized, decorative wooden brackets, the patterning of the horizontal exterior wood siding and vertical corner boards and multi-paned double-hung sash windows. The building lacks the lavish embellishment typical of Queen Anne buildings, however, and possesses a simplicity attributable to the Stick Style, an architectural trend that immediately pre-dated the rise in popularity of the Queen Anne fashion in the late nineteenth century. The building has been listed in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places since 1984 and is part of the Operating Passenger Railroad Stations Thematic Resource.

In 1982, a group of local volunteers stripped the many layers of paint off down to the wood and properly added coats of primer and the classic green color the station maintained for years. This effort was spearheaded by Arthur Braunschweiger, whose family owned a jewelry store in New Providence.

On March 23, 2013, the floor boards of the waiting room were completely replaced. It isn't clear if the flooring that was removed was the original wood, though at the time it was obvious that it had been in place for several decades judging by the wear and appearance. Of note, there was a metal plate on the eastern side of the floor where a stove once sat to provide heat for the waiting room. Though the stove was removed long ago, the plate remained until the flooring replacement. The rest of the station interior was left untouched during this maintenance.

Station layout

The station has one long, low-level side platform that is long enough for 5 cars. Murray Hill station features one of four remaining bypass tracks on the Gladstone branch to allow for opposing-direction trains to pass each other (most commonly observed hourly during weekend schedule operation). To allow for passengers to get on or off trains on the bypass track, there is a small wood platform near the middle of the main platform which crosses over the main track and is wide enough for one vestibule of the train.

In addition to the building with ticket office and waiting room, this station stop has a bench shelter next to the main track. Permitted parking is available, along with bicycle racks along the station house wall.

Ground/
Platform level
Bypass track      Template:NJ Transit lines toward Gladstone (Berkeley Heights)
     Template:NJ Transit lines toward Summit, Hoboken or New York (New Providence)
Station track      Template:NJ Transit lines toward Gladstone (Berkeley Heights)
     Template:NJ Transit lines toward Summit, Hoboken or New York (New Providence)
Side platform, doors will open on the left or right
Street level Station building, ticket machine, parking
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